Penn State 7 – Holy Cross 1


After being held off the scoresheet for nearly thirty-five minutes of play, the home side promptly initiated a veritable goal-scoring festival for the duration of the contest as the clearly inspired Penn State Nittany Lions demolished the visiting Holy Cross Crusaders 7-1 to complete just the second two-game sweep in the program’s three-year history and the very first ever at the marvelous Pegula Ice Arena.

This is exactly the sort of stuff that Penn State consistently need to play during the non-conference schedule in preparation for the Big Ten Conference which is annually unforgiving. The Minnesota Golden Gophers of the world will always have at least a dozen National Hockey League draft picks on its roster. This year, in fact, the five-time NCAA champion have no fewer than fifteen certified NHL prospects on hand.

And then there are other teams in the league such as the nine-time NCAA champion Michigan Wolverines, for whom ten or more NHL draft picks is certainly not an unusual occurrence. It is true that, last season, the Nittany Lions beat the Maze & Blue in three of five contests between the two schools including the conference tournament match-up in St. Paul, Minnesota. Those results should only stiffen the resolve of Michigan, though.

A very important test for Penn State arrives when the Nittany Lions entertain the University of Massachusetts – Lowell in the middle of November.


Penn State defenseman Nate Jensen (24), the 24-year-old redshirt senior whose father, David H. Jensen, served as captain of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, before representing the United States at the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, hammers Holy Cross Crusaders right wing Scott Pooley (12), the freshman from Granges, Indiana, who scored the visitor’s only goal at the Pegula Ice Arena on Friday night, during the NCAA non-conference meeting in State College.

October 26, 2014
Pegula Ice Arena – State College, Pennsylvania
Attendance : 5,988


34:49 … PSU – Bailey (Holstrom, Goodwin)
37:04 … PSU – Loik (Conway, Autio) – ppg
43:33 … PSU – Scheid (Conway, Richard)
44:55 … PSU – Glen (Loik, Juha)
47:01 … HC – Bolton (Smith, Lubanski)
53:15 … PSU – Conway (Scheid, DeRosa)
55:47 … PSU – Friedman (DeRosa)
58:23 … PSU – Conway (Loik, DeRosa) – ppg

shots-on-goal : PSU 45 ( 15 + 14 + 16 ) – HC 29 ( 5 + 13 + 11 )

penalty minutes : HC 18 + 10-minute misconduct – PSU 12

power plays : PSU 2/7 – HC 0/4

PENN STATE : Skoff – Koudys, Varley ; Juha, Autio ; Jensen, Sweetland – Goodwin, Holstrom, Bailey ; Richard, Conway, Scheid ; Loik, Glen, Brooks ; DeRosa, Gardiner, Friedman

HOLY CROSS : Ginn – McNamara, Beckman ; Bolton, Smith ; Muratore, Nagy – Dwyer, Youso, Gustin ; McKinnon, Barrett, Vidal ; Sommer, Lubanski, Pooley ; Finn, Moore, Driscoll

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